If you have intense fear at the thought of visiting the dentist, you aren’t alone. Thousands of people deal with dental anxiety in Winston Salem NC, and may even completely avoid visits because the fear is so intense. Fortunately, dental technology has advanced to the point that we can offer sedation dentistry in Winston Salem NC for those who can’t overcome their fear.

Your oral health is very important, and fear should never be stronger than your desire to have a healthy smile. In addition to the option of sedation, we suggest you try some of the following things to help you overcome your fear of a visit to the dentist.

Distraction Techniques

The more you focus on your fear of treatment, the harder it is to overcome. We encourage patients to bring an iPod or other listening device to enjoy during treatment. This helps to distract the mind and give you something else to focus on.

Get Educated

Many fear the unknown when they visit the dentist, and have fantasies of drills and painful procedures that are exacerbated over time. Before your procedure, feel free to sit down with Dr. Peavy and discuss the actual treatment so you know what to expect. Most times, the reality is far less invasive than the fantasy.

Establish a Sign

Before you begin treatment, set up a sign with your dentist that lets them know you need a break. Discuss your fears with your dentist so they are aware when they are taking over. 


Dr. Peavy also offers solutions in the form of medication. If your fear is so intense that you can’t overcome it on your own, discuss medication options that help you relax. We can often perform your treatment in one session so you don’t have to deal with your fear over and over again.

Give Us a Call

Don’t allow your fear to overcome your desire for a stronger, healthier mouth. Call us today at (336) 383-1247 to discuss your options.